62-year-old Singh, who steadfastly announced Modi’s name as BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate despite opposition from seniors like L K Advani, is going to be one of the trusted lieutenants of Prime Minister Modi with a major say in the functioning of the government.
Singh, a two-term BJP president, rose from a BJP activists in Gorakhpur, where he tought physics in a local college, to Chief Minister of politically crucial Uttar Pradesh and then Transport and Agriculture Minister in Atal Bihar Vajpayee government.
His rise in politics has been gradual and steady during which he had been BJP chief from 2006 to 2009 and earned the reputation of being an able administrator as Union Minister and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.
Elected to Lok Sabha from Lucknow, Singh has emerged from the ranks as a political heavyweight in the party largely due to his proximity to BJP’s spiritual mentor RSS.
After taking over BJP’s reins for the first time from Advani in December 2005, Singh sought to rebuild the party by focusing on basic Hindutva ideologies and said there would be “no compromise” on building the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
However, he not only failed to steer the party to power in the 2009 general elections but BJP’s poll tally dropped by 22 seats compared to 2004 Lok Sabha polls.
Born on July 10, 1951 at Bhabhaura village in Uttar Pradesh’s Chandauli district, Singh obtained MSc in physics from Gorakhpur University and was appointed lecturer in the K B Post degree college in Mirzapur in 1971.
Singh’s association with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh began in 1964 when he was only 13 year old. Even as lecturer he remained attached to RSS.
Rising step by step, he began his political innings with BJP’s student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in 1969 as its organising secretary in Gorakhpur and rose to become the secretary of the then Bharatiya Jan Sangh’s Mirzapur unit in 1974.
During the Emergency, Singh joined Jaiprakash Narayan’s movement and was arrested in July 1975 before being released in 1977.
(With inputs from PTI)
The directive was given during an hour-long meeting the Home Minister had with top security officials, including National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, besides others.
Earlier, in a message to the youth of the state, Wani had said they should follow their dreams and fulfil the aim of their life by taking the right path.
Meanwhile, protesters held a massive rally in Kulgam district shouting pro-Azadi slogans. Separatist called marches were also held in Qaimoh, Khudwani and Redwani towns.
The Home Minister spoke for the first time on the controversy and said "If some people are forced to leave their native place by any individual or gang, the state government must take proper action".
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju and senior officers of the ministry will attend the meeting organised by the Department of Border Management, Ministry of Home Affairs.
The conclave, with an eye on Mission 265 plus in the 403-member Uttar Pradesh assembly will adopt a resolution on organisation, a rare move, apart from the political and economic resolutions
Rajnath Singh has said he was not keen on returning to state politics. However, it is almost certain that he will play a prominent role during the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections in 2017.
Speculations suggest that Home Minister Rajnath Singh could play a "lead role" in BJP's campaign for the UP Assembly Elections in 2017.
“If state government demands a CBI probe, we are ready for it,” Singh said addressing a ‘Samajik Nyay Sammelan’ in Mau district.
Singh was at Gogunda near Udaipur Tuesday on the occasion of the 475th birth anniversary of Pratap, which was celebrated by the state government with a grand event that also had Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje in attendance.
The Home Minister said Pakistan should prove that it was not supporting terrorism by allowing the NIA team to visit Pakistan.
Agreements on the Global Entry programme and the Homeland Security Presidential Directive-6 (HSPD-6) are expected to be signed during the US-India Homeland Security Dialogue in July.
A violent Jat agitation had crippled the state in February, which resulted in the death of many people and widespread damage to property.
External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said government will assist the family of the Congolese youth Masunda Kitanda Oliver to come to India and to take his mortal remains.
"It has not decreased. There should be no doubts on that score. I can only say that the 56-inch chest is there," Singh was quoted as saying.
“The Ram Mandir issue is not a political, but a cultural issue. The matter is also sub judice. The matter is in the Supreme Court and we are only waiting for the judgment,” Rajnath said.
"My trust has been completely shaken. The kind of support which we should be getting from them(Pakistan) on the issue of terrorism, that is not happening," Singh said.
The day his government completes two years in power, the Union Home Minister discusses achievements and targets, the UP elections, Pathankot and Delhi police.
PM Modi is in Saharanpur to highlight his government's achievements in the past two years.
Kejriwal said he has sought time to meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to discuss how such incidents could be stopped by working together in the existing system.
'Dawood will be brought back to India on any condition'
The ambush took place between Hengshi and Tuiyang villages around 12.30 pm when the JCO and other jawans were returning after inspecting a landslide scene in the locality.
“We have also written to various states to ensure that it is completely stopped,” he added.
The NIA had last week, in a U-turn, dropped all charges against Thakur and five others in the Malegaon blasts case.
Chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh at his residence, the meeting was attended by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and MoS, PMO, Jitendra Singh.
The state government has sought a package of Rs 7,188 crore for Vidarbha and Marathwada.
Singh said safety, security, dignity and wellbeing of our children and young people will determine the wellbeing and strength of our countries.
After the death threat letter surfaced, a delegation of top Congress leaders met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi today and urged him to beef up Rahul's security.
The Home Minister's remarks assume significance with the investigation by Kerala police not making much headway even days after the incident.
The high-level meeting took stock of the prevailing situation in hinterland and border areas, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir which recently saw unrest.
The association has also threatened to stage a protest at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar if the Centre does not re-open the 247 old files relating to the 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims within a month.
Rajanth Singh expressed confidence that there will be no increase in the terror outfit’s activities in India in future too.
While the minister, who ranks second in the Cabinet, appeared unruffled by the MP’s remark, elated Congress members were seen welcoming his intervention.
"Three teams of NDRF and three IAF MI-17 helicopters were also engaged to control the situation," said Singh
Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was the notable exception who could not attend his scheduled chaupal in Rae Bareli.
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